High school teacher accused of rape gets out of jail after bond reduced

Published: Feb. 25, 2015 at 1:34 AM CST
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SCOTLANDVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Robert Lewis, a Scotlandville Magnet High School band teacher accused of raping one of his students, was released on bond Monday.

According to court documents his lawyer, Gail Estelle Horne Ray, filed a motion to reduce his bond on Feb. 2. That motion was heard by Judge Anthony Marabella, Jr. on Feb. 20. His bond was reduced from $100,000 to $40,000.

Lewis was arrested Thursday, Jan. 22.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported Robert Lewis, 30, of Baton Rouge, faces charges of forcible rape and prohibited sexual conduct between educator and student.

Lewis was placed on administrative leave in mid-December 2014.

According to affidavits, Lewis went to a school function with one of his 17-year-old students on Nov. 7, 2014. The reports stated Lewis allegedly made sexual advances toward the student while giving her a ride home.

Officials said the student told them she rejected those advances. Detectives added the victim later started texting Lewis.

Authorities said Lewis allegedly went to the victim's home when her parents were out of town on Nov. 29, 2014. They added he allegedly initiated sex and continued after the girl told him to stop.

Investigators reported Lewis allegedly went to the girl's home when her parents were away on Dec. 5, 2014. They added the girl told them the two had consensual sex on that occasion.

There is no word on why his bond was reduced.

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